I know this barely constitutes news at this point, but being that anything even hinting at Ronda Rousey seems to be a big hit on this site (mainly so you readers can take a steaming dump on her in the comments section), I am going to set my journalistic integrity — a term I just stumbled across on Wikipedia — aside for the moment and pass along Rousey’s words in regard to another hot topic around here: Canadians. Specifically, how Canadians will love anything that is Canadian because it is Canadian, and how that relates to current welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre.
Everybody keeps coming up to me and saying, ‘Oh, do you think if you didn’t look such a way, people would like you so much?’ I’m like, ‘Dude, if GSP was butt ugly, you wouldn’t want to know who he is so much.’ I think he lucked out a lot that he’s Canadian. I love Canadians. They are the coolest, nicest, most patriotic people, and they will support their countrymen no matter what, and I think that’s commendable. But if GSP wasn’t really good-looking, and really Canadian, he would be really unknown.
We get it, Ronda. You’re “a Diaz brother trapped in this beautiful body” or whatever. But you’re also starting to sound like a broken record at this point, and if you think building up straw men to deflect criticism from yourself will somehow work, we beg you to reconsider. To our knowledge, St. Pierre never chose to pose nude en route to becoming a champion, although we’d imagine the opportunity was offered to him on more than one occasion. And now you’re going to attack his Canadian-ness, as if that is the main factor behind his popularity? Did you even watch his performance at UFC 154? If you did, you would realize that GSP has become a champion through pure drive and determination, God damn it, not through a constant stream of shit talk and admittedly fantastic armbars.
I could go with the obvious argument here and say that one could just as easily contribute Rousey’s success to the fact that she is American, or Cain Velasquez’s to the fact that he’s psuedo-Mexican, but I’d rather not insult your intelligence with the same kind of straw man argument that Rousey just used. Later in the interview, Rousey went on to attack GSP for being a “point-fighter,” which admittedly has more a little more credibility to it:
I respect Georges St. Pierre as a businessman and an athlete. I don’t have anything against him personally. But he’s not the kind of fighter I like watching. He fights to win matches. He doesn’t fight to defeat his opponents. I lost a lot of judo matches because of points fighters. It was extremely frustrating for me. And when I see that same style being played out in a different sport, it brings out the same reaction in me.
You know, I respect Ronda as a businesswoman and an athlete. I don’t have anything against her personally. But she’s not the kind of fighter I enjoy listening to. She talks to hear her own voice. She doesn’t talk to finish interviews. I’ve lost a lot of time listening to female WMMA fans spew nonsense into my ears because of Ronda Rousey. It was extremely frustrating for me as well. And when I hear that same shit being spewed out in a different setting, it brings out the same reaction in me. So you’ll forgive me, Potato Nation, but I’m really starting to lose interest in the new face of women’s MMA. Anyone agree?